Ethnic conflict and job separations

Sami Miaari, Asaf Zussman*, Noam Zussman

*Corresponding author for this work

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We study the effect of the second Intifada-a violent conflict between Israel and its Palestinian neighbors which erupted in September 2000-and the ensuing demonstrations of Arab citizens of Israel on labor market outcomes of Arabs relative to those of Jewish Israelis. The analysis relies on a large matched employer-employee dataset, focusing on firms that in the pre-Intifada period hired both Arabs and Jews. We find that until September 2000 Arab workers had a lower rate of job separation than their Jewish peers and that this differential was significantly reduced after the outbreak of the Intifada.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-437
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Population Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Ethnic conflict
  • Israel
  • Job separation


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